How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Like a New Yorker

Green plastic beads, leprechaun costumes, and fake ginger beards return on March 17 as New York celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re searching for an elevated way to celebrate, look no further: There are plenty of ways to experience Irish culture, food, and beer in Manhattan and beyond. Here’s how Hotel 48LEX recommends avoiding green beer and college kids this March.

Enjoy Irish Whiskey, Beer, and Cheese Pairings

Subway from Hotel 48LEX: 19 minutes

You’ve heard of wine and cheese, now get ready for an Irish treat: whiskey, beer, and cheese. Head to Murray’s Cheese, an artisanal cheese and specialty foods shop in Greenwich Village, where you’ll learn to combine all types—from the perfect crumbly cheddar to the funky farmstead blue cheese—with a pint of Harp lager or a shot of Tullamore Dew.

Murray’s Cheese: 254 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014

Learn to Cook Like the Irish

Subway from Hotel 48LEX: 21 minutes

If you prefer eating to drinking, the Culinary Education’s pub-themed cooking class is for you. James Beard-Award winning chef Peter Berley leads an Irish cooking class where you’ll learn to make seven traditional Irish dishes, including hearty beef and Guinness stew, crispy fish and chips, and sticky toffee pudding.

Institute of Culinary Education: 225 Liberty St., New York, NY 10281

Visit the Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn

Subway from Hotel 48LEX: 27 minutes

Whiskey distillers have set up shop in Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill since the 19th century. Head to the neighborhood’s Kings County Distillery for a tour and whiskey tasting.

Kings County Distillery: 299 Sands St., Brooklyn, NY 11205

Skip the Bars for a Circle Line Cruise

Subway from Hotel 48LEX: 30 minutes

Enjoy a laid-back cruise around Manhattan. Wash down Irish bites like corned beef and cabbage pinwheels and potato croquettes with Coney Island Brewery beers.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises: Pier 83, W 42nd St., New York, NY 10036

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